Friday, May 18, 2007

Friday, May 18th

Bill is staying with Annie this weekend, so I can take a breather. This time in the hospital is alot easier than last time, but it's still a 24 hour a day thing, so I am very appreciative of the break. Have I mentioned lately how much I appreciate Bill? He really is the bomb. Caretaking is not for sissies.

I mentioned this in a previous blog, but walking around the hospital really heightens your awareness of the daily burden that so many parents bear in caring for their special needs children. And not just the physical burden, but the emotional drain of seeing a child suffer. I see alot of pain and worry on parent's faces. It's a tough place to be sometimes. But it is also a place to learn to appreciate little things like rocking your little one. Life is so fragile.

Anyway--today Annie kept up the good work. She spent some time in the "gait" trainer, walking through the hall (with lots of help). She stood for awhile and rocked back and forth on her own weight. She threw up her applesauce this morning, but kept her vanilla pudding down this afternoon. The speech therapist never has to wonder what she doesn't like. She just gives it back to him in a bucket.

So...thank you again for remembering us in your prayers. I do feel so selfish in asking for them. But you know, I asked Bill & my sister to pray this morning for Annie to have good attention, and this afternoon--she had good attention. Every incremental change she makes is directly related to your prayers. When Bill & I walk through our day, we do it in the strength God gives us. We can't do this without the Lord.

Love, Jean

"The joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10


Anonymous said...

Tell Annie I don't much like applesauce, either!
Glad you have the weekend "off" - recharge YOUR batteries!
Continuing to pray for Annie's complete healing...

In His Grip,


Anonymous said...

God is helping Annie take little steps everyday. Thank Him!!

Anonymous said...

Please don't feel selfish in asking for prayer - it is our priviledge to pray for each other! I am so wonderfully blessed and honored to be able to "help" in this small way and by the testamony of your faith. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Annie and all,
I am so excited that Annie is taking steps, literally and otherwise. I am honored to pray for you and will continue to do so. Thank you so much for the updates and for being such soldiers in God's Army.
Terri Whitman

Anonymous said...

Yes! to what Carolyn said! It is certainly not selfish to ask for prayer and if you don't let us know the needs, you would be robbing us of the blessing of helping out in this special way that we KNOW God can and will honor! Hope you got some rest this weekend!

Sue Powell